As pointed out in Ray-A-Way
I had painted myself a sign to advertise that service and received a huge responce from
people who wanted me to make signs for them.
Most of the people who wanted
signs also wanted me to post them in a high traffic location. This led to leasing a site
from a local real estate developer and building a pylon to hold (6) 4'x8' panels. Thus, I
advanced into the outdoor advertising segment of the sign business as well.
This led to some larger
billboard painting contracts coming particularly from real estate developers and builders
for whom I also was subcontracting siding & cornise work.
Each new sign job required new
techniques and different materials. From hand painted wood signs to silk screened wood to
extruded plastic to lighted plastic and so on. . .
The capital requirement
associated with tooling and materials was overwhelming. With the wood working tools that I
owned, and the contacts I had developed in the building business, I went full time into
residential construction sub-contracting.
By this time (1975) I had
realized I wanted to be a real estate developer. Given my education, experience and
credit, I believed that my best path to that goal would be through becoming a general
contractor. So . . . into the construction business I go. . .